Mess

This globe-trotting trio have an uncommonly diverse dossier: over seven albums, Liars have ranged from dance-punk chants to prog gloom to primal-rock action. They've never made the same album twice – and they've never made a dull one. Here, they reach for a macabre death-disco vibe. The first half has dance beats, even evoking the B 52's in the vintage synth bop of "Mess on a Mission" – the first Liars song anyone could describe as "perky." But the quieter second half gets darker and stranger, with Angus Andrew's distorted squawks weaving in and out of the mix for the claustrophobic creep show "Left Speaker Blown."

From The Archives Issue 1207: April 24, 2014